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Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said on Monday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct. The 20-year-old American, who was a key member of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, joins a number of top-level gymnasts who have accused Nassar of abuse, includin...


Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks on a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting, Trump said in a post on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Act...


Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal
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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday Im not a racist in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries. Trump also said he was ready, willing and able to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreeme...


Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says
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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page. The attack targeted Aviation Square, a commercial area of Baghdad, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was carried out by two men who detonated vests packed with explosives, it said. Iraq declared victory last month over the Isla...


Strong earthquake hits coast of southern Peru, no damage reported

A strong earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing minor material damage but no victims had been reported so far. The quake hit at 0918 GMT at a depth of around 10 km (6 miles), the USGS said. Perus government Geophysical Institute said the earthquake was of magnitude 6.7 with its epicenter in Lomas, in the southern region of...


'ShalomNamaste' says NaMo, welcomes Israel's PM in India

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels PM in India, and Indian PM Modi welcomed him at the airport and with 2 tweets - one in Hebrew, one in English. PM Netanyahu is on a six day visit to India with the largest business delegation ever to have left Israel on a foreign visit. Both leaders are very keen to build bilateral ties between each other. This the 2nd Israeli PM visiting the Indian soil - A...


Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaiis residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the wrong button, Hawaiis governor said. State officials and the U.S. militarys Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. But for more than a half hour, while the agency struggled to...


Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage

Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed. Bump stocks believed to be used in the massacre were found in the 32nd-floor hot...


Facebook to show more content from friends, less from publishers and brands
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Facebook to show more content from friends, less from publishers and brands

Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to devote 2018 to fixing Facebook. Now the Facebook CEO is kicking off the effort with a move he says is intended to boost the well-being of users, possibly at the expense of the well-being of publishers and other businesses. Facebook (FB) said late Thursday it is changing the News Feed to prioritize posts from friends, family members and groups over posts from publi...


Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer
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Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

Saudi women will be allowed for the first time to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams, though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called family section. The first stadium is to open its doors to women in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Friday. The move is Saudi Arabias first social reform planned for this year gi...


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